Oklahoma prevailed against Texas Tech and won the Allied Rugby Conference title in the process. In the Mid-South, Life and Arkansas State both won, but only by a combined 10 points. San Diego State was Saint Mary’s latest victim, as the Gaels won its third straight match by at least 90 points.
An automatic spot in the D1A playoffs will be on the line when Oklahoma and Texas Tech battle Saturday. Elsewhere, Lindenwood gets another crack at Life, and Saint Mary’s will not find a pushover when it ventures to southern California to face San Diego State.
In Week 17, both Life and Colorado extended their undefeated streaks and conference leads in the Mid-South and West, respectively. Baylor and Oklahoma each earned victories, but only one team has done enough to play for the Allied Rugby Conference’s Championship. In California, Satint Mary’s continued to put up monster numbers against its conference’s bottom half.
The Allied Rugby Conference is back in action after two weeks off from conference matches. The ARC stayed busy by playing several non-conference matches the last few weeks, but now the stakes get higher – especially for Baylor. Elsewhere, Life and Colorado look to expand leads in their respective conferences.
Aside from snowstorms forcing the two matches out of the West to be cancelled, March arrived with a number of compelling matches in D1A Rugby. There were no nail-biters to speak of, but both Saint Mary’s and Life earned wins agains teams expected to challenge each school for conference titles. Also, the once though of one-team race in the Allied Rugby Conference looks to be completely up for grabs.
Two ARC 7s tournaments in the books and Oklahoma has won both in fine fashion. In each , the Sooners have proven able to fight through adversity to win. In Lubbock, Tech led 19-5 at halftime in the final and Oklahoma came back to win with no time left on the clock. In College Station, Oklahoma denied space and possession to Sam Houston, but they accomplished that feat a man short for 12 minutes and still emerged the victor!
The Sooners of Oklahoma University came out strong and persevered through the day to win the Varsity Final in Lubbock, TX on the first stop of the 2013 Allied Rugby Conference Fall 7s Series sponsored by World Rugby Shop. Under new coach, Jason Horowitz, and with the new philosophy posted above, Oklahoma put their fellow conference members on notice that the Sooners will be a force to be reckoned with at all points this season.